Posted Friday 29th November 2013 –
Prostate Cancer UK will continue its successful partnership with national event organiser, UK Cycling Events, maintaining its status as its official charity partner for 2014. The Wiggle Super Series 2014, which is also organised by UK Cycling Events, and consists of 44 events around the UK, will again help to raise funds to combat the most common cancer in men.
Last year more than 45,000 riders took part up and down the country, a 50 per cent increase on the 2012 campaign, and around £50,000 was raised during a hugely successful programme of events.
With prostate cancer killing one man every hour, Prostate Cancer UK is aiming to put the spotlight on the disease and encourage men everywhere to wise up and take action, and cyclists taking part in these events will be encouraged to raise funds to help tackle the most common cancer in men.
Prostate Cancer UK’s Head of Events Andy Sallnow said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Wiggle Super Series for a second year. This year the riders and the organisers at UK Cycling events managed to raise £50,000 to fight prostate cancer and next year we are hoping to do even more.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that fundraised for us, this allows us to support more men and fund vital research in an area that has long been underfunded.
“We are also delighted that the events have allowed us to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst the 45,000 participants, of whom the vast majority are men. One in eight men are diagnosed with prostate cancer so it’s vital we reach more men to make them aware of their risk.”
Martin Barden, Director of UK Cycling Events, said: ‘UK Cycling Events are delighted to have been able to support Prostate Cancer UK in 2013 by running specific fundraising events and providing riders the opportunity to fundraise by taking on one of our cycling challenges.
“We are excited about our continued partnership in 2014, as we believe this charity is extremely relevant to cycling. We look forward to raising vital funds and driving awareness for Prostate Cancer UK in 2014.”
The first event in the 2013 Wiggle Super Series is the Wiggle No Excuses Sportive in Cambridge on March 1st, although it has already sold out. The Wiggle Southern Rough Ride follows a week later in Amberley, West Sussex. For more information on how to get involved visit www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk.
If you have concerns about prostate cancer please call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.